18th Mar, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST

British, European and Sporting Pictures

  Lot 1015


Owen Bowen ROI, PRCam A (1873-1967)

"River Wharfe Wattle Syke"

Signed, oil on canvas, 50cm by 60cm

Born in 1873 in Leeds, England, Bowen was educated during at Leeds School of Art before working as a pottery designer and lithography apprentice. Although Bowen painted on the continent, he was mostly known for his impressionist still lifes and landscapes of Yorkshire. Bowen settled in Leeds and established his own school of painting there. Prior to his death in 1967, Bowen became president of the Royal Cambrian Academy and regularly exhibited his work there and throughout England. Several northern public galleries including Leeds, Liverpool, Rotherham, and Rochdale hold his work.

Sold for £550
Estimated at £250 - £400


In an overall good and original state of preservation. Some surface dirt and discoloured varnish. Minor rubbing/abrasion to some edges. Large sized essentially horizontal cracquelure which remains stable at present mostly to sky. Slight push mark to the canvas, back to front within the cops of vegetation right-hand side of the river which has not presented any losses of paint or perforation to canvas. The canvas is visible in some areas by application of the paint especially the extremity of the lower edge and mostly within lower right-hand side of the river.


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Auction: British, European and Sporting Pictures, 18th Mar, 2023

Traditional Picture Sales offer a wide range of oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints from the 15th to the early 20th centuries.

The sale includes the Picture Collection from Denton Hall, Ilkley, West Yorkshire which has been part of the NG Bailey group of companies for over 40 years. NG Bailey is the UK’s leading independent engineering and services business and is owned by the Bailey family. 

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available leading up to the sale.

Entries are invited for forthcoming sales


Sunday 12th March 11am-4pm, Monday 13th March-Friday 17th March 10am-4pm and morning of the sale from 8am. 

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